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April 10, 2014
12:25 EDTIMPV, RAD, EBAY, RT, ALLY, BBBY, GMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday despite U.S. jobless claims dropping to their lowest level since 2007. Stocks began the session slightly lower following disappointing trade data from China, but the market seemed to briefly try and make a move into positive territory shortly after the opening bell. The attempt was short circuited when the tech-heavy Nasdaq began to weaken and the averages have continued to drift lower throughout the morning, leaving the Nasdaq down more than 2% near noon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial claims for unemployment benefits fell to 300K last week, hitting their lowest weekly level since May 2007. However, many discounted the figure, which can be volatile around March and April due to the timing of Passover and Easter, as well as other seasonal factors. Export prices rose 0.8% in March, while import prices grew 0.6%, both of which were greater than expected advances. In China, exports fell 6.6% from a year earlier in March, while imports plunged 11.3%. Economists had predicted year-over-year gains for both. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of eBay (EBAY) fell over 2.5% after the online marketplace operator struck a deal with noted investor Carl Icahn to end his proxy contest before the companyís upcoming annual meeting. The company agreed to Icahnís suggestion to appoint David Dorman, a founding partner of Centerview Capital Technology, as an independent director and Icahn withdrew both his proposal to separate the companyís PayPal business and his two nominees to the companyís board... Shares of Ally Financial (ALLY), which was formerly the auto finance and financial services arm of General Motors (GM), were lower in their first day of trading following the company's return to the public markets. The Treasury Department, which had been Allyís majority shareholder after rescuing it during the 2008 financial crisis, raised $2.38 billion by selling 95M shares at $25.00. General Motors made news again as well by confirming that two of its engineers have been placed on paid leave as part of the company's ongoing ignition switch recall probe. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were drugstore operator Rite Aid (RAD), which rose 10% and casual restaurant owner Ruby Tuesday (RT), which gained 13%. Among the noteworthy losers was home furnishings retailer Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), which dropped over 6% after the company's first quarter profit outlook significantly trailed analysts' consensus estimate and the stock was downgraded to Neutral at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Also lower were shares of data security solutions provider Imperva (IMPV), which plunged 41% after the company slashed its first quarter profit and sales outlook and the stock was downgraded at both Deutsche Bank and Oppenheimer. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 124.91, or 0.76%, to 16,312.27, the Nasdaq was down 92.72, or 2.22%, to 4,091.18, and the S&P 500 was down 21.90, or 1.17%, to 1,850.28.
News For EBAY;GM;ALLY;RAD;BBBY;RT;IMPV From The Last 14 Days
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April 20, 2015
14:16 EDTGMEinhorn lists AerCap, CBI, GM as new longs, Bloomberg reports
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11:35 EDTGMGeneral Motors ignition switch death claims rise to 87, WSJ reports
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09:31 EDTRADRite Aid names Steve Rempel as SVP, Chief Information Officer
Rite Aid Corporation announced that Steve Rempel, a highly experienced information technology executive, has been named Rite Aidís senior vice president and chief information officer. In this position, Rempel will have responsibility for all aspects of the companyís technology and information operations, including computer systems, network infrastructure, telecommunications and data security as well as the continued development and execution of Rite Aidís immediate and long-term information technology strategy. Rempel will report to Frank Vitrano, Rite Aidís senior executive vice president and chief administrative officer.
06:50 EDTGMTesla price target slashed to $165 at JPMorgan
After lowering its earnings estimates to reflect adverse currency moves, higher operating costs and slower than earlier expected Model X ramp, JPMorgan cut its price target for Tesla shares to $165 from $175. The stock closed Friday up 9c to $206.79. The firm dropped its Q1 earnings estimate to (38c) from (31c) despite the increase in Q1 deliveries preannounced by the electric car maker. JPMorgan keeps an Underweight rating on Tesla, the firm's equivalent to a sell. It maintains Overweight ratings on Ford (F) and General Motors (GM) with price targets of $19 and $46, respectively, ahead of the Q1 reporting season.
April 19, 2015
12:42 EDTGMGM China JV plans $16B investment in new car development, WSJ says
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April 17, 2015
15:24 EDTEBAYeBay April weekly call volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
eBay April weekly call option implied volatility is at 45, May is at 30, June is at 24, July is at 23; compared to its 26-week average of 27 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 22.
09:19 EDTEBAYeBay Q1 Marketplace tranaction revenue tracking below Street, says ITG Research
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07:45 EDTEBAYEtsy multiple 'well beyond' high end of any comparable group, says Wedbush
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April 16, 2015
06:33 EDTGMToyota engineer says charging electric cars quickly impractical, Reuters says
Charging electric vehicles quickly would place too much pressure on the electricity grid, Yoshikazu Tanaka, chief engineer of Toyota's hydrogen fuel-cell car Mirai, said, according to Reuters. If a car received enough electricity in 12 minutes to travel 310 miles, it would probably consume enough electricity to power 1,000 houses, the news service quoted Tanaka as saying. Prominent makers of electric cars include Tesla (TSLA), Nissan (NSANY), and GM (GM).Reference Link
April 15, 2015
19:20 EDTGMCo-lead counsel in GM ignition lawsuit will appeal bankruptcy shield ruling
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17:45 EDTGMJudge allows GM to remain shielded from pre-bankruptcy accidents, Reuters says
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16:47 EDTGMJudge says GM can keep 'shield' against pre-bankruptcy lawsuits, Reuters says
10:23 EDTEBAYJD.com Launches JD Worldwide cross-border e-commerce platform
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10:19 EDTBBBYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:55 EDTGMBofA/Merrill U.S. autos analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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06:51 EDTALLYSantander Consumer downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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April 14, 2015
18:07 EDTGMGeneral Motors seeks to cut costs via longer term supply contracts, WSJ says
General Motorsí new purchasing chief said the company is trying to lock in its supplier contracts for a term covering two vehicle generations, or as long as a decade, in a bid to cut costs and gain access to advanced technology, The Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
11:07 EDTEBAY, RADStocks with call strike movement; EBAY RAD
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10:34 EDTRAD, BBBYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:58 EDTRADRite Aid has a conference call hosted by JPMorgan
JPMorgan Analyst Gill will host a conference call with CEO John Standley on April 21 at 1 pm.
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